It all started when...

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines was founded on September 12, 1951 by executives from 10 of the leading hotels and restaurants in Manila and nearby areas.

Early HRAP Convention held at the Philippine International Convention Center

Early HRAP Convention held at the Philippine International Convention Center

The Association's main goal was to upgrade the caliber of the local hospitality industry by improving management, skills, personnel services, and overall standards while keeping abreast of trends and developments abroad.

It begun only with a handful of hotels and restaurants as its founding members since the hospitality industry during the post-war was not as dynamic as we know today. Fine dining restaurants exist only in a few establishments and there were no casual dining restaurants in the country except for family-run eateries.

Tourism was trifling other than foreign journalists engrossed in detailing Manila’s wreckage and these few tourist still fall into prey of peddlers who would steal guests from competing hotels.

In order to unravel the existing setbacks, HRAP instituted the “Meet-and-Assist” service in all main ports of Manila – a service until these days exist in all hotels in the country.

In the 60’s, tourism was not an immediate national concern. With no real tourism infrastructure in the country -  the industry suffered. Regardless of its impediment, local restaurant industry was growing intensely with the full service concept diners. The Association then commenced a series of seminars and training to its members focused on topics relevant to the management of hotels and restaurants in the country.